CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Coventry Telegraph - - FAMILY MATTERS -

THE DAY WAR CAME by Ni­cola Davies, il­lus­trated by Re­becca Cobb, Walker Books, £10

CHIL­DREN’S au­thor and poet Ni­cola Davies was out­raged by the Bri­tish govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to not ac­cept unac­com­pa­nied child refugees in 2016.

When she heard a child refugee had been turned away from a school near a refugee camp be­cause there wasn’t a chair for her to sit on, it was just an­other story of many that prompted a poem and that poem has now turned into a book il­lus­trated by Re­becca Cobb.

It isn’t an easy read with its de­scrip­tions of the im­pact of war, and in a sense harks back to some of the hor­rors of Grimms’ Fairy Tales, but it ends on a hope­ful note about the power of kind­ness and the po­ten­tial for a bet­ter fu­ture. Par­ents read­ing it to their chil­dren may need to be ready to talk about what it means, but it could open up dis­cus­sions about what is on the news ev­ery day, and how we can help.

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